When: Thu., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. 2013
Sometime in 1985 three producers in the nascent Chicago house scene who collectively called themselves Phuture got their hands on a Roland TB-303 synthesizer. Produced from ’82 till ’84, it was advertised as a simple way for guitarists to sequence backing bass lines, but thanks to its counterintuitive interface it was nearly impossible to use that way. As Phuture discovered, though, if you plug in the 303 and start twisting knobs, it’ll kick out noisy squelches that sound absolutely mind-blowing when paired with a skeletal house beat. So they did exactly that, and when their 11-minute “Acid Tracks” came out two years later it galvanized the burgeoning dance-music scene in such a major way that it became the ur-example of its own genre, dubbed “acid house.” Acid house went on to power the birth of the UK rave scene, and after a few revolutions of the nostalgia wheel it’s recently become highly fashionable once again—Kanye’s statement album Yeezus opens with an acid-inflected synth line. Even 26 years later, though, it’s hard to beat the original’s minimalist perfection. —Miles Raymer Gene Hunt, Justin Long, Michael Serafini, Keith MacKenzie, Striz, Radiohiro, Justin Reed, Slippery Pete, Adrienne Sanchez, Organic Groove Continuum, and Nate Manic & Duke Shin open.
Price: $20, $17 in advance